Volume 74, Number 46 |
March 23 - 29, 2005

East Side, West Side, waterfront needs funds, less garbage trucks
Wanting to replicate the success of Hudson River Park, the city is putting forward a major plan to upgrade the East Side waterfront from the Lower East Side to the Battery.
The plan includes a host of welcome improvements.

How a writing teacher became part of my life story
By Jane Flanagan
Have you ever considered writing a memoir? Me, too. Started yours yet? Right, I haven’t either. That’s why I’m grateful to Bill Zinsser, a teacher at New School University, for publishing his most recent book, “Writing About Your Life — A Journey Into the Past.”

Poetic telegrams, pastries and tarts from old Vienna
By Andrei Codrescu
I’ve taken a survey of 800 poets, including Dave Brinks, and we agreed that the best times and places to be a poet was Vienna at the end of the 19th century, and New Orleans at present. In Vienna the cafes of the time teemed with the high flames of idealism and art burning inside any number of people, some of them moved by bohemian faith, and others just pretty. In Vienna, for instance, you could run into Peter Altenberg, the author of “Telegrams of the Soul,” who might say: “Religion is a kind of ‘ideal application’ of the persecution complex on human nerves!”

Bobby Short: Words and music, and talent and class
By Jerry Tallmer
He was black and I am blue.
“I’m white inside,” the great song goes, “But that don’t help my case, / ’Cause I can’t hide / What is on my face … What did I do / To be so black and blue?”

Scoopy's Notebook

Letters to the editor

Editorial Cartoon

News in briefs
Locksmith gets stuck with violations

First stop for subway

Bit o’ green for Irish exhibit

N.Y.U. math professor wins coveted Abel Prize

Community board meetings

Police blotter


Villager photo by Jefferson Siegel
At Times Sq., after last Saturday’s peace rally.

Walter Thabit, 83, co-founder of Cooper Sq. Committee
By albert amateau
Walter Thabit, the urban planner and community activist who helped found the Cooper Sq. Committee 45 years ago and devised a model plan for the Cooper Sq. Urban Renewal Area, died March 15 at his home on E. 11th St. at the age of 83.

Sound of crashing bowling pins is music to his ears
By Judith Stiles
Playing the cello for 20-plus years, every day, on average 10 hours a day, can actually cause the pinky finger on the left hand to develop a crook, where the shape of the finger changes and adapts to being in that curved playing position for so many years.
"Serving West and East Village, Chelsea, SoHo, NoHo, Little Italy, Chinatown and the Lower East Side"

CBGB case lands in court, but rent rocks club’s future
By Lincoln Anderson
The future of CBGB could lie in the hands of a Horatio St. judge.
On Feb. 25, the Bowery Residents’ Committee took Hilly Kristal, owner of the famed punk rock club, to court for failure to pay a rent increase over the past three years totaling $75,000.

Filmmaker pours himself into the wild world of wine
By Rania Richardson
“Wine is beautiful,” says Jonathan Nossiter, in New York recently to promote “Mondovino,” his new documentary on the wine industry that premiered at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival.

Villager photo by Ramin Talaie

Police arrested an antiwar protester in Times Sq., one of 36 arrested in Manhattan and Brooklyn last Saturday. Protesters wore white bibs with photos of soldiers and civilians who have died in the Iraq war.

Burning for peace in Chelsea
By Jefferson Siegel
This past weekend saw worldwide protests marking the second anniversary of the beginning of the Iraq war. One of the first of these weekend gatherings stepped off Friday night, when the newly formed Chelsea Neighbors United to End the War held a candlelight march.

Inside the Villager
Hard to read the writing on the wall in ‘Wall’ case
By Ronda Kaysen
You might call it a wall-to-wall mess down at City Hall. A federal judge hearing the case of “The Wall,” a decades-old art installation in Soho, has asked lawyers from both sides to file additional briefs, delaying a decision until at least next month.

Elderly homeless relate to disaster victims’ plight
By Tequila Minsky
Elderly homeless New Yorkers know what it means to have no place to sleep, to have no home. They understand. When the tsunami created so much devastation and left thousands without homes some wanted to do as much as they could to help.

On Barrow, tsunami relief isn’t flavor of the month
By Jefferson Siegel
The East Asian tsunami disaster has drifted off the front pages and out of the evening news. An emergency relief center on far west Canal St., opened within days of the disaster, has long since closed; the only remnant is a blackboard in the window with the message: “The Tsunami Center has closed. Please do not leave items here!” The American Red Cross, after collecting $1.2 billion worldwide, has stopped soliciting donations.

City pushing for transfer station, but vague on park
By Albert Amateau
The city’s response on March 7 to questions from the Community Board 2 Waterfront Committee about the proposal for a new Department of Sanitation marine transfer station on the Gansevoort Peninsula had a hole big enough to drive a garbage truck through.

Angel Orensanz’s art: The poetics of performance
By David H. Katz
As New Yorkers recover from their saffron megadose of Christo and Jeanne-Claude, it might well be instructive to consider the work of another energetic, world-spanning artist who has also imposed his personal aesthetics on both natural landscapes and public spaces, creating a body of environmentally interactive, often site-specific events and performances, though of a decidedly different social, political and moral tone; namely, Spanish-born painter, sculptor and performance artist Angel Orensanz.

With $5 million, Assembly kicks-starts park funding
By Albert Amateau
The upcoming New York State budget for the 2005-’06 fiscal year will include $5 million for the Hudson River Park, according to Assemblymember Richard Gottfried, the Assembly co-author of the 1998 legislation that created the 5-mile-long riverfront park currently under construction.

Triple killing, explosion at Masaryk Towers
A resident of Masaryk Towers on the Lower East Side last week slashed and shot his wife and her nephew and then shot his son to death before igniting a gas explosion in their 21st-floor apartment where he and a niece were burned to death.

Colombian Coke murders spark call for N.Y.U. campus-wide ban
By Josie Garthwaite
It’s not about Coke or Pepsi anymore — the question students are asking now is, “Coke, or no Coke?” And taste has nothing to do with it.

W. Ninth St. turns 180: Highlights from a history of socialites and social causes, stars and the bizarre
By LindaAnn Loschiavo
Ninth St.’s west side story began 180 years ago when a neat thoroughfare — Ninth — was cut through Sir Peter Warren’s farm and mapped on the grid as part of a chic vicinity developing near Washington Sq. Unlike some blocks, Ninth wore its single digit proudly, not stupefied by the demands of honoring dead presidents, ex-governors or notable Knickerbockers.

Ay carumba! Auction raises $100,000 for Public School 41
By Amanda Kludt
Two pieces of kindergarten art proved to be the big-ticket items selling at $4,100 and $4,200 at a high-profile auction held in the Puck Building last Friday night. The auction was none other than P.S. 41’s annual fundraiser for enrichment programs and the school managed to raise a record $100,000 from the event.

Arts in the Villager
‘Charity’ returns to Broadway
By Jerry Tallmer
Tony Bennett he’s certifiably not, but Denis O’Hare can sing a little, too.
Over a cup of coffee during a “Sweet Charity” rehearsal break on swarming 42nd Street, subtle, supple actor O’Hare sang a few lines now, lightly and nicely: “It’s important to make a good impression. / If I could make a good impression, / Who knows what this could grow into? / Love and things I won’t go into.”

New age Noah transforms a bestiary
By Wickham Boyle
Gregory Colbert, the peripatetic photographer who set up his 45,000 square foot Nomadic Museum on pier 54 on the brackish Hudson River, is for all the world a modern day Noah. His one-man show called “Ashes and Snow” features over 200 sepia toned, inspirational photographs of exotic animals melding with human partners. In this time of Tsunami, mudslides, melting arctic glaciers and the Senate’s recent vote to drill for oil in the pristine Alaskan wilderness, we need a new age Noah to collect, protect and deify our dwindling natural masterpieces.

Koch On Film
By Ed Koch
Masculine Feminine (-)
I remembered this movie from the 1960s as brilliant. My memory was reinforced by the critics’ current reviews, giving the movie on the weekend that I saw it, one of the very few four-star raves. The New York Post’s V.A. Musetto wrote, “Jean-Luc Godard’s ode to ‘the children of Marx and Coca-Cola’ remains fresh and vibrant nearly 40 years after its original release in 1966. With French New Wave icon Jean-Pierre Leaud as an aimless Parisian revolutionary and Chantal Goya and Marlene Jobert as women in his life. Brigitte Bardot has a cameo.”
Upside of Anger (-)
Sorry, Folks, they still haven’t rolled out the good ones. Because they haven’t, and the movie screens for the last four or five weeks have not had really good films to display, the critics are upgrading the acceptable or even not-so-good, and providing a dog such as this one with enticing reviews.

Layers and flavors with an accent on organic
By Frank Angelino
Citron, at heart, is center stage for the talents of its owner-chef Gavin Citron. Found nightly assiduously working the stove at the open kitchen in the rear of the compact eatery, Citron is a true working chef. He leaves the service and hospitality to his staff; the food is his exclusive domain.

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